We’re just a few weeks away from the start of the penultimate season, and naturally, the latest Game of Thrones rumors suggests that there’s major drama brewing.
As fans of the show undoubtedly know, this a shortened season (there will be only 7 episodes, compared to last season’s 10 episodes), and will be flying by the seat of their proverbial pants, since The Winds of Winter — the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, upon which the hit HBO show is based — isn’t ready to be released (and, if Martin himself is to be believed, it won’t be ready for a while).
However, that hasn’t stopped the latest Game of Thrones rumors from circling the blogosphere. According to the Daily Express, for example, Liam Cunningham — the very outspoken actor who plays Ser Davos on the show — snarled at the idea about the pay raises that cast members Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Emilia Clarke (The Khaleesi), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow) were allegedly receiving.
“What?! You think the Game of Thrones works like a pensionable job in the civil service? Where the last men standing get the most money? It doesn’t! Every time I see a new figure thrown around, €1m per episode, €2m per episode, I burst me ribs laughing. My bank manager is having a good laugh at it, too.”
It doesn’t beat Ian McShane’s “t*ts and dragons” comment, but it’s still pretty funny.
For what it’s worth, however, the latest Game of Thrones rumors from Variety suggest that, even though the actors don’t have a “pensionable job,” they certainly have the opportunity to participate in several spin-offs based on the hit HBO show.
George R.R. Martin, himself, has confirmed that he’ll be playing a role in the upcoming prequels/spin-offs, and he’s confirmed that while there’s a fifth story in the works, there are some things that won’t be covered in the upcoming shows.
“We’re not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We’re not doing Robert’s Rebellion either. I know thousands of you want that, I know there’s a petition…but by the time I finish writing ‘A Song of Ice & Fire,’ you will know every important thing that happened in Robert’s Rebellion.”
Finally, the latest Game of Thrones rumors from the Fandom blog suggest that, in the upcoming season, we’ll be seeing a very special reunion: the one between Jon Snow and his sister-cousin, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).
Fans already know that poor Arya was walking along aimless for much of the previous seasons, especially after her father, Ned Stark (Sean Bell) was executed by King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson, who has reportedly taken a break from acting to pursue philanthropic efforts in Haiti) for treason.
Now, however, she’s back in Westeros proper, and ready to resume her role as Arya Stark of Winterfell.
“Arya and Jon have both been hardened by all the hardships to which they’ve been subjected since that moment in Season 1. If Jon and Sansa are able to have as satisfying and touching a reunion as they did in Season 6, considering they weren’t nearly as close as siblings than Jon and Arya were, there’s no reason to expect that their reunion would ultimately be anything less than redemptive and joyous.”
Fans, now it’s your turn: what do you think of this latest round of Game of Thrones rumors? Leave your thoughts about the latest Game of Thrones rumors in the comments below.
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